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Simone Biles begins her quest for a record-tying sixth U.S. all-around title, live on NBC Sports on Friday night.

Biles is the massive favorite at the two-day U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, where athletes are vying for national titles and to impress selectors for the five-woman team for October’s world championships.

NBCSN airs first-day coverage from 8-10 p.m. ET. Subscribers can also stream it on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

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Biles, undefeated in all-around competitions for six years, took one year off after earning four golds in Rio and came back more dominant than ever. She swept all the golds at last year’s nationals and then won her fourth world all-around title by her biggest margin yet despite two falls and a kidney stone.

On Friday and Sunday, she will compete to tie the U.S. women’s record of six all-around titles held by  Clara Schroth Lomady, who competed in the AAU era in the 1940s and ’50s.

The closest challengers to Biles are 2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd and Riley McCusker, who was second to Biles at the U.S. Classic tune-up meet last month.

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Simone Biles goes for a record-tying sixth U.S. women’s all-around title, live on NBC and streaming on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app on Sunday night.

Biles carries a 1.75-point lead from the first night of competition Friday, where she debuted a new floor exercise pass and a balance beam dismount that should be named after her come October’s world championships.

Biles is looking to match Clara Schroth Lomady‘s record six women’s titles from the AAU era in the 1940s and ’50s. Biles, on a six-year win streak, won her tune-up event, last month’s U.S. Classic, by 2.1 points, her largest margin of victory of her four titles in that competition.

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Gymnasts are competing to impress selectors for the five-woman team for worlds in Stuttgart, Germany. The roster will be named after a September selection camp, but strong showings this weekend could go a long way.

Sunisa Lee, bidding for her first world team, was the surprise in second place after Friday’s session. Riley McCusker, the runner-up to Biles at the U.S. Classic, and Morgan Hurd, the 2017 World all-around champion during Biles’ post-Rio year off, were in fourth and eighth place, respectively.

The U.S. women won all six Olympic or world team titles dating to 2011, the longest dynasty since the Soviet Union teams of the 1970s.

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Results from the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City …

Senior Men
All-around

  • Samuel Mikulak — 174.150
  • Yul Moldauer — 168.600
  • Akash Modi — 168.250
  • Shane Wiskus — 167.600
  • Trevor Howard — 164.900
  • Allan Bower — 163.650
  • Donnell Whittenburg — 163.100
  • Sean Melton — 162.750
  • Adrian De Los Angele — 161.600
  • Riley Loos — 160.650
  • Levi Anderson — 160.300
  • Paul Juda — 159.850
  • Gage Dyer — 158.000
  • Timothy Wang — 155.450
  • Jacob Moore — 155.200
  • Stewart Brown — 153.900
  • Evan Davis — 153.600
  • Kanji Oyama — 152.650
  • Justin Ah Chow — 150.500
  • Bennet Huang — 149.500
  • Kiwan Watts — 147.850
  • Brennan Pantazis — 147.800
  • Michael Fletcher — 145.850

Floor exercise

  1. Samuel Mikulak — 29.300
  2. Yul Moldauer — 29.000
  3. Gage Dyer — 28.750
  4. Riley Loos — 28.650
  5. Shane Wiskus — 28.550

Pommel horse

  1. Samuel Mikulak — 29.150
  2. Stephen Nedoroscik — 28.900
  3. Allan Bower — 28.700
  4. Michael Paradise — 28.300
  5. Donothan Bailey — 28.250

Still rings

  1. Alex Diab — 29.350
  2. Trevor Howard — 29.250
  3. Donnell Whittenburg — 29.100
  4. Samuel Mikulak — 28.550
  5. Akash Modi — 28.050

Vault

  1. Shane Wiskus — 28.850
  2. Timothy Wang — 28.800
  3. Kiwan Watts — 28.800
  4. Eddie Penev — 28.750
  5. Yul Moldauer — 28.700

Parallel bars

  1. Samuel Mikulak — 30.650
  2. Yul Moldauer — 29.400
  3. Shane Wiskus — 29.350
  4. Adrian De Los Angeles — 28.950
  5. Akash Modi — 28.850

High bar

  1. Samuel Mikulak — 28.700
  2. Akash Modi — 27.350
  3. Paul Juda — 26.900
  4. Adrian De Los Angeles — 26.700
  5. Shane Wiskus — 26.550

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